Ambassadors

Ambassadors Group 2019

Find_your_Place_Purple_Transparent_1024x537_PNGThe Jefferson State Student Ambassador Organization is a prestigious group of individuals that serve as official hosts and hostesses for our college and community. Acceptance into this organization is based on an interview process, completed application, and evaluation from selection committee. Each candidate that submits a completed application will be notified of the status of his or her application, and if he or she is selected for an interview. Students who are chosen as Ambassadors may receive a scholarship (includes tuition and fees) for up to TWO academic years (SIX semesters).

Application Process

DEADLINE for Application is March 1, 2020.

Ambassadors will be chosen by a selection committee based on some of the following criteria: application, interview, GPA, leadership skills, interest in student involvement, and future goals.

What you need to know before applying – Ambassador Required Duties:

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better each semester
  • Abide by the JSCC Ambassador Demerit System and Code of Conduct
  • Be considered a full-time student (12 credit hours per semester excluding the summer term)
  • Host various college events (receptions, graduation ceremonies, conferences, etc.)
  • Work a minimum of 5 hours per week in a designated area on campus (as assigned by the Ambassador Advisors)
  • Coordinate ALL New Student Orientations
  • Conduct campus tours
  • Attend Leadership Conferences and Seminars
  • Attend an annual Ambassador Retreat
  • Help coordinate and participate in fundraising events
  • Travel to various Jefferson State Campuses
  • Be available for daytime, evening and weekend events

 Scholarship Opportunity

Through the selection process, the Ambassadors chosen will receive a semester by semester tuition and fees scholarship for up to TWO academic years (SIX semesters). Books are not included. To maintain this scholarship, Ambassadors must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA, abide by the Ambassador Code of Conduct, the Demerit System, and remain in good standing with the college and community. Scholarship recipients must enroll full-time at Jefferson State each semester and complete a total of 24 semester hours for the fall and spring semesters.

All current Ambassadors must reapply each year and be evaluated again before the scholarship will be awarded for the second year.

Certain qualified applicants who are willing may serve as volunteer Ambassadors without a scholarship.

Staff/Advisors

Jacob Call Fitzgerald Student Center 305 2601 Carson Rd Birmingham, AL 35215 (205) 856-6097) recruiting@jeffersonstate.edu

Frequent Questions

How do I become a JSCC Ambassador?

  • All interested students must complete an Ambassador application, submit a current photo, current transcript, and least one letter of recommendation (from a teacher, counselor, club or student group sponsor, principal etc.), along with a resume.
  • All completed applications are reviewed each spring semester for the following academic year.

All applicants that submit in a completed application will be contacted regarding the status of their application.

Where can I find the Ambassador Application?

  • The Ambassador application can be found under the Ambassador page on the main Jefferson State website, through high school counselors, or by contacting the office of recruiting and student activities.

Can I apply online?

  • Yes! You can apply online here.
  • All applications must be submitted in their entirety to the Advisors by the deadline date & time.

Is there a GPA or ACT score requirement for applying?

  • No, there is not a GPA or ACT score requirement for applying; however, ALL selected Ambassadors must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA while on scholarship. Test scores and GPA are reviewed during the interview process.

Does my transcript need to be official?

  • If you are a current Jeff State student, we will accept your unofficial transcript from the oneACCS system. You do not need to order one to be sent to us.
  • High school transcripts need to be signed or marked with the school’s seal, but they do not need to remain in a sealed envelope.

Who makes up the selection committee?

  • The Jefferson State Ambassador Selection Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators from all four campuses.

What are the responsibilities of being a JSCC Ambassador?

  • New Ambassadors are required to attend a mandatory Orientation Workshop (one day) that is usually scheduled during the summer semester, as well as a leadership retreat in early Fall
  • Work a minimum of 5 hours per week in a designated area on campus — as assigned by the Ambassador Advisors
  • Maintain at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Serve as official hosts and hostesses for college and community sponsored events
  • Be available for daytime, evening and weekend events
  • Conduct campus tours at all locations (Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Chilton)
  • Attend Leadership Conferences and Seminars
  • Coordinate community service projects
  • Complete a 1 credit hour Ambassador Humanities Course in the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Coordinate ALL New Student Orientations
  • Help coordinate fundraising events
  • Be involved in other student organizations and events
  • Represent Jefferson State at all times
  • Remain in good standing with college and community
  • Abide by the Ambassador Code of Conduct and Demerit System

What kind of events/conferences will I attend?

  • JSCC student Ambassadors attend an annual Student Leadership Conference (SLI) every summer. This conference is hosted by another community college in Alabama.
  • Ambassadors attend an annual team building retreat before Fall semester

What does the scholarship pay for?

The Ambassador scholarship will cover full tuition and fees for classes within the student’s major.

Can I receive additional Financial Aid while having an Ambassador Scholarship?

  • Yes, you may receive additional funding through Financial Aid, (if you qualify).

Do I have to maintain a certain GPA while being an Ambassador?

  • Yes, all Ambassadors must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Do I have to be considered a full-time student while serving as an Ambassador?

  • Yes, all Ambassadors must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Ambassadors may be enrolled part-time during the Summer semester.
  • Ambassadors have to complete at least 24 credit hours for the Fall and Spring semesters combined.

What are the rewards/advantages for being an Ambassador?

  • Most Ambassadors will receive a semester by semester scholarship for up to TWO academic years (SIX semesters) that includes tuition and fees.
  • Ambassadors may attend leadership conferences and seminars throughout the year to strengthen their communication, speech and leadership skills
  • Ambassadors are given a banquet at the end of the spring semester, hosted by the Ambassador Advisors and other staff members of the college
  • Ambassadors are recognized during the JSCC graduation ceremony by having their names printed in the program
  • One Ambassador is chosen every spring semester to receive the Jim Blackburn Ambassador of the Year Award during the JSCC Honors Convocation
  • Being part of our organization looks great on other scholarship opportunities, resumes, and admissions applications if you plan to transfer

Do I have to re-apply each year?

  • Yes, all new and current Ambassadors must re-apply and complete the interview process each Spring semester for the following academic year.

Will I be required to travel to other Jefferson State Campuses?

  • Yes, all Ambassadors will be asked to travel to all four campuses, as well as off-campus sites for special events.
  • It is required for all Ambassadors to have access to reliable means of transportation.

Is there a President/Vice President for the Ambassadors?

  • Yes. Typically, the President and Vice Presidents are returning Ambassadors. These elections are held each Spring semester by the current Ambassadors
  • The newly elected officers will take over these roles at the beginning of each Fall semester.

Do Ambassador officers receive additional money or scholarship awards?

  • No, all officers receive the same scholarship award as the other Ambassadors (full tuition and fees).

Are all events and meetings mandatory?

  • All events and meetings are mandatory unless specified otherwise by the Ambassador Advisors.

Do I currently have to be enrolled at Jefferson State before I can apply?

  • You do not need to be a current student to apply for Ambassadors, but if you’re still in high school, you need to have applied for general admission.
  • Anyone who is currently attending or has applied to attend Jefferson State can apply for this scholarship.
  • Transfer students also may apply to be Ambassadors.

Can my parents help me with the Ambassadors?

  • The Ambassadors are a Student Leadership organization.
  • While we certainly recommend that your application & resume be reviewed by adults you trust, the student must complete his or her own application.
  • The student applicant needs to initiate any communication with our office.